Photoshop Reference Sheet

Purpose

This reference sheet is exactly that, a reference sheet. Use this as a guide for basic photoshop instructions on your workspace, tools, and more.

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HOW TO CREATE A NEW PROJECT

File > New… > Custom > Title your project > **8.5 Width x 11 inches Height** > 300 Resolution

OR…

**Dimensions set in this demonstration are for creating a Magazine Cover**

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OPEN A FILE BY…

File > Open > Select file you would like to open Open file in photoshop animation Return to top.

RESET YOUR WORKSPACE

Window > Workspace > Essentials THEN Window > Window > Workspace > Reset Essentials Photoshop reset your workspace animation Return to top.

WHERE ARE ALL OF THE TOOLS?

On the left of your workspace...

Your tool panel will have a line of tools stacked from top to bottom.

if you hover over the tool you will get a brief description of each tool.

If you click and hold over a tool that has a small arrow, you will get a hidden list of other tools you can then click on to use.

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TOOLS QUICK KEYS

Most tools will have a quick key that you can toggle for fast access.

To know what the quick tool key command is, hover over the tool and at the endof the tool name is a letter.

Example: Move tool = V

Likewise in the top navigation bar, most editing adjustments will have a quick key command.

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LAYERS PANEL

What are layers? Layers in Photoshop allow you to work non-destructively by stacking images and edits on top of other images without interacting and mixing the pixels of images.

If you can’t see your layers panel…

Click Window > Layers

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DUPLICATE LAYER

My recommendation is to always create a duplicate layer as a non-destructive way of editing your images

In your layers panel…

Right click on the layer you would like to duplicate > Duplicate > Rename appropriately > OK

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LAYER ADJUSTMENT

Adjustment layers let you make changes to your image, such as adjusting brightness without permanently altering the actual pixels.

Use the small black/white circle at the bottom of your layers panel to create a layer adjustment of your choice. Your layer adjustment will automatically create a new layer in your layers panel.

What does each layer adjustment do? Jump to How to make layer adjustments…

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LAYER ADJUSTMENT PANEL

The second way is to use your adjustment panel to create layer adjustments.

To see your adjustment panel…

Go to Window > Adjustments

In the adjustments panel hover over the adjustments available to expose the names > click on a adjustment you like to apply to edit your image.

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LAYER VIEWING AND EDITING

The eye icon next to the layer thumbnail in the layers panel tells you that the layer is visible. Click the eye icon to hide or show images in your layers panel

When you are making adjustments to your layers, be sure to click on the specific layer you intend on adjusting. By clicking specific layers maintains the order of your layers.

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REARRANGE LAYERS

Layers of an image are organized in what’s called the stacking order. The stacking order determines how the image is viewed.

In the layers panel...

Drag layers up or down to make images appear in front or behind other layers.

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LAYER OPACITY

Select the layer you wish to adjust the “transparency” or known as “opacity” Click the arrow next to the opacity field to display the opacity slider Drag slider left or right (you can also type a specific number).

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